When it comes to doing craft with the kids, Helen and I couldn’t be more chalk and cheese. At my house, we love it. Annabelle, Penny and I absolutely love everything about it. Feathers, sequins, sparkles, glitter, paint, pipe cleaners, you name it, we create something with it! Helen on the other hand has heart palpitations every time she reluctantly pulls out her neatly organised craft box before micro managing Stella with every little drop of glitter glue which is placed onto the paper, a long sleeved art smock her “craft fashion” essential!
One thing we both love though, is seeing the joy creating craft brings to the girls faces! The sheer delight it brings them to squeeze some puff paint onto a t-shirt, make a caterpillar out of egg cartons, stick sequins onto a homemade birthday card and then watch on with pride as we carefully stick their bright, bold finger paint creations onto the fridge. So, needless to say we were both super excited when Spotlight recently invited us to the launch of National Craft Month which is running throughout March, with the aim of inspiring all ‘Spotlighters’ to unleash their inner creativity and join the ‘Make It Yourself’ movement.
The event was held in a cool warehouse “out west” where giant balloons adorned the space from floor to ceiling and little craft stands were set up around the room. The soft drink and champas (Spotlight knows the way to a mums heart!) was flowing as was the yummy bite sized delights which both ourselves and the girls munched through happily – gotta love a launch party!
We loved walking around the event meeting all the different brands who supply to Spotlight from the Offray Bow Genius bow making machine to knitting demonstrations with Australian Country Spinners (who happened to also bring the cutest Alpaca on earth!) and the girls favourite, cupcake decorating thanks to Roberts Confectionery (did someone say FLAVOURED food colouring! Yum!)
We were also super impressed with the magic Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Transer Machine which magically transferred the most gorgeous ombre foil onto ink jet patterned paper, perfect for making cards, envelopes and scrap booking (even Helen wanted to take that one home!).
There is still three events left for you to enjoy at your local Spotlight store during craft month so whether you’re a budding Martha Stewart (me!) or maybe just learning the ropes (Helen!) we encourage you to get along and try out a new skill as there is something for everyone!
MAKE IT FOR GIVING
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th March 11am -3pm
We celebrate making beautiful – and sought after – gifts for loved ones and charity. From crochet beanies to baby blankets, join us in supporting our local communities.
MAKE IT A PARTY
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th March 11am-3pm
Everybody deserves a special day and Spotlight is at the heart of the ‘personalised party’ revolution! Join us for a day of DIY decoration and celebration!
MAKE IT FOR HOME
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March 11am -3pm
Its makeover time as we re-use, re-purpose and upcycle our family favourites!
For more info visit www.spotlightstores.com/craft-month
And, how good is this – through out the month, Spotlight is giving one lucky customer the opportunity to win the ultimate craft experience in India!
THE SCHOOL LOVES INDIA – 5 DAYS IN HEAVEN
The School Loves India is happening for one week in March 2018 – the wrap up week of Holi festivities. Includes all meals, all lessons, all massages and accommodation at the beautiful Jobner Bagh in Jaipur, plus flights and airport transfers.
Guided by super blogger Megan Morton, this once-in-a-lifetime trip is proudly supported by The School and Spotlight. Five days and nights in absolute-technicolour, life-changing, Jaipur heaven.
Immerse yourself in exquisite in-house lessons that include jewellery setting, photography and perfume making, integrated with a daily yoga class, private Ayurvedic massage treatments at the ridiculously beautiful Jobner Bagh. Palaces, ponies, elephants, emeralds, watercolour, chai and dreams!
How to Enter
Simply spend $50 in store or online and tell us in 25 words or less where you find your creative inspiration. Enter at www.spotlightstores.com/craft-month
Entries open 1st – 31st March 2017. For full terms and conditions visit www.spotlightstores.com/competitions
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